Program at a Glance
- Online, On Campus, and Blended
- Full-Time or Part-Time Study
- 16 Credits
- 8–12 Months to Completion
- 17 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
- Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $15,400
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Develop a Strong Foundation in Information Technology
Available on campus, online, and in a blended format, the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) offers hands-on experience in various aspects of software design and implementation, while providing comprehensive knowledge about the state-of-the-art in information technology. Industry reports reveal that today’s business world seeks graduates who possess broad business perspectives; systems/IS skills, including hardware and software programming; a strong grasp of communication and teamwork; analytical abilities; and cutting-edge technology knowledge in areas of systems analysis, web technology, data communications, and database systems.
BU MET’s Information Technology certificate curriculum will prepare you to assess the information needs of different organizational levels within an enterprise. You will be able to design, or fully participate in designing, systems that are both competitive and efficient; create an information systems architecture that aligns with organizational goals; and design systems that people can control, understand, and use in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The certificate in Information Technology is also an excellent building block to earning a master’s in Computer Information Systems from BU.
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Why BU Should Be Your Top Choice for Computer Science Graduate Study?
- Recognized & Certified: Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
- Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s computer science courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that emphasize technical and theoretical knowledge—combining in-depth, practical experience with the critical skills needed to remain on the forefront of the information technology field.
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s computer science graduate programs, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and seasoned industry leaders in a wide range of technology fields who are committed to teaching the latest technologies within the framework of ideas, concepts, and methods that drive innovation.
- Extensive Network: Study alongside peers and professionals with solid IT experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
- 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
- Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus, fully online, or in the blended format that combines on-campus and online learning. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
- Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
Prepare for the Future of Technology with BU MET
The four-course Information Technology graduate certificate is part of BU MET’s portfolio of computer science and IT graduate programs. For over forty years, the Department of Computer Science at Metropolitan College has prepared students to tackle contemporary challenges in the field. Our programs are uniquely flexible—we offer courses evenings on campus, fully online, or in a blended format that combines online study with occasional campus visits—so you can balance graduate school with your career, family, and other obligations. We take pride in providing training in critical specialization areas and emphasizing practical, insightful, and adaptable knowledge that can be immediately applied on the job while informing your career growth for years to come. We also offer extensive advising to help you identify the subjects you’ll need to achieve your career goals.
Our degree programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)—the MS in Computer Information Systems has additional accreditation from the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Boston University is designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Gain Expertise in Information Technology
Metropolitan College’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology will equip you with:
- Advanced knowledge of the goals, functions, and operations of an IT organization.
- Proficiency in analytical and technical skills in various aspects of software design and implementation.
- Competence in the field of information technology, and the ability to contribute to its advancement.
- Competence in communication, collaboration, teamwork, and ethics and professionalism.
You can earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems by completing the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and one of the following graduate certificates in Advanced Information Technology, Digital Forensics, Medical Information Security & Privacy, or Software Engineering, plus two additional courses: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MET CS 546) and either Information Structures with Java (MET CS 520) or Information Structures with Python (MET CS 521).
You can earn the MS in Computer Information Systems with a concentration by completing the certificate in Information Technology and a certificate in one of the following concentration areas: Data Analytics, Database Management & Business Intelligence, Health Informatics, Information Security, IT Project Management, or Web Application Development, plus up to two additional courses as described above.
To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at email@example.com to learn more about this option.
Information Technology Graduate Certificate Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SC1||IND||Arena||CAS 233||T||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arena||KCB 104||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Arena||CAS 227||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SC1||IND||Matthews||FLR 152||W||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Maiewski||CAS 201||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Russo||MCS B31||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Matthews||CAS 315||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Matthews||CAS 315||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing. Prerequisite: Basic programming knowledge or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SC1||IND||Guadagno||SOC B63||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Guadagno||HAR 212||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Guadagno||FLR 152||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Guadagno||FLR 152||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. Prereq: MET CS 682, or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SC1||IND||Arakelian||HAR 210||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arakelian||CAS 213||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Computer Science Faculty
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Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Associate Professor, Computer Science Director, Health Informatics & Health Sciences
Master Lecturer, Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Analytics
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
Jae Young Lee
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Coordinator, Databases
Associate Professor of the Practice, Computer Science Coordinator, Software Development
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Associate Professor Emeritus, Computer Science
Associate Professor Emeritus, Computer Science
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Computer Science Coordinator, Health Informatics
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Cybersecurity
Dean, Metropolitan College & Extended Education Professor of the Practice, Computer Science and Education Director, Information Security, Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security
Tuition & Financial Assistance
Competitive TuitionOur part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.
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